Capacity Oriented Analysis and Design of Production Systems

  • M. B. M. de Koster

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 323)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-XII
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 218-249

About this book


In production systems there are often capacity oriented performance objectives, like a desired total throughput, a desired average throughput time and average work­ in-process. Such performance objectives are expressed in "units of products" rather than in specific product types. This book presents a way of modeling and analyzing production systems so, that such capacity oriented performance criteria can be measured in a simple way. The model consists of three basic elements. 1. The product types in the system are aggregated. 2. The product flow is modeled as being continuous. 3. The machines in the model have a finite number of states. Each state has a phase-type sojourn distribution and an associated production speed. Transitions between the states are determined by an irreducible Markov transition matrix. In the book both the mathematical properties and the practical applicabilities of the model are investigated. The model is extensively analyzed for various layouts, like flow lines, assembly­ disassembly systems and networks where parallel machines share common buffers. Furthermore various ways of controlling the product flow in the model are investigated, such as Base Stock Control, Workload Control, control by finite buffers and control by the Reorder Point System. An approximation technique is developed for a quick estimation of performance measures like throughput and average work-in-process, for networks with layouts and control techniques like those above-mentioned.


design development machine model modeling network production production systems

Authors and affiliations

  • M. B. M. de Koster
    • 1
  1. 1.Consultants and Engineers Groenewout B. V.BredaThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50692-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-51666-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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